Cornwall Surf Academy

The Cornwall Surf Academy has been running since 2003,  holding surf lessons through Spring and Summer. Based in Holywell Bay – Newquay, we’re ideally located to provide on the water activities including coasteering and stand up paddle boarding (SUP). Want to stay dry? No problem! We also provide bike hire and tours through Yellow Bike Hire

We offer group games and activities such as NERF wars and beach games – Perfect for School Activity weeks, Stag & Hen parties, the Military and others!

Our school has the advantage of quiet uncrowded beaches, owing to our affiliation with the National Trust. Perfect for learners or those who just don’t want to que for every wave! Our surf school provides free parking and hot showers. 

looking for your next adventure? We’re a great choice for both wet & hot sunny days.

Learn with us

We offer great value surf deals for individuals, group or family bookings.

Whether you want to improve your surfing skills or you’re a complete beginner, we cater for all. Our surf instructors are fully surf GB qualified so rest assured you’ll be in safe hands.

You’re in safe hands

National Trust

Cornwall Surf Academy is the only surf school located on the beautiful National Trust beach of Holywell Bay. These quiet uncrowded sands mean students can concentrate on learning, and not waiting around for an empty wave.    


Located in Parkdean’s Holywell Bay holiday park We have access to changing rooms, hot showers, and free parking. There’s also a mini market selling general groceries and refreshments as well as a bar / restaurant.

Qualified Instructors

All our instructors are fully trained and qualified to ISA (International Surfing Association) standard, as well as being fully trained beach lifeguards with the Royal Life Saving Association.

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A few of our



“Had a surf lesson on Friday during my stay on site and I loved it…. Simon our coach was brilliant and very informative. Will definitely do again when back in Cornwall. Cheers again guys”

David Ditch


”Me and the family had a lesson with these guys last week and have to say I’m now hooked. Even me dad who is old. Brought himself a wet suit and board. All thanks to these guys. We had a great time and look forward to having more lessons in the near future. For someone getting into surfing or just wants to give it a try, I recommend these guys for a lesson. Again many thanks from the Osborne family”

Lee Ozborne


”Guys many thanks for a great day absolutely fantastic day the lads had and we all will certainly be back. Many thanks”

James Frazer Rosser


”Had a surfing lesson on Monday and could not fault them. Friendly, accommodating and when the weather turned a bit downhill they even advised a part refund and to rebook if the weather improved. Fantastic service.
Thank you”

Mike Bennett


”SUPER FUN – This surf academy is in the Holywell Bay holiday park, which was super convenient for us as we were staying in a caravan there. Prices were great (cheaper than other surf schools in nearby Newquay), and include wetsuits and surfboards. All the instructors were fab and lessons were very professional (even I managed to stand up at the end of the 3-day course!). Great for families as both my dad and my teen sister loved it, also a perfect wet weather activity as you’ll be in the sea anyway!”

Yuhan PiTrip Advisor –


”These guys are great. Cost was great and the whole experience was excellent. Would recommend these guys to anyone. We took our 5 children for a surfing lesson, the children range from 7 to 13 years old and the team supported the kids and us superbly. They even put on an extra instructor just to teach the kids.”

Lesley RTrip Advisor –

AMAZING 5*****

”Me and my son loved this! – Our last full day, booked my 14 year old for a surf lesson. His quote “best part of the holiday by far” it was raining and miserable, he had a great time. Was raving about it days later”

Samantha LTrip Advisor –


”Chose Cornwall Surf Academy for a number of reasons… The cost was reasonable, there are hot showers and on site free car parking. It is a National Trust beach (Holywell Bay) so is very well kept and quiet. Our instructor Alex was brilliant, explained everything with a hint of comedy (and was easy on the eye) unfortunately the swell wasn’t big enough to do anything on the day we went out and had booked back to back lessons but Dan allowed us to switch days so we could experience a bigger swell free of charge and with no hassle. Would recommend highly!”

Alex RTrip Advisor –


”Thanks to everyone at Cornwall surf academy, we had an awesome 4 days, great instructors and it was good to have the hire in the afternoons. The group sizes were small and the beach was pretty quiet for the most part. Even when the conditions were difficult for beginners Alex and Dan were really helpful and encouraging! We are not yet pros but can’t wait to come back!”

Resh 91Trip Advisor –

5 ***** AWESOME!!

“Great surf lesson, super friendly instructors and good kit. Lovely spot on Holywell bay, away from the crowds and great waves. Remember don’t be a T-Rex, be a surfer!”

Hannah HeffyTrip Advisor –